Good Reads

Barry Cox Honors Nature’s Spirituality With Church of Trees

Ferdinand Cheval’s ‘Palais Ideal’ Was Built By One Man One Pebble At A Time

Banksy Releases ‘Welcome to Gaza’ Video Complete With Kitten For FB Lovers

Global Costs of Living By Country Established By People Living There
jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Billionaires Going Rogue 2012 Election | Rise of Superdads | Over My Dead Body | Dating Goes Partisan

Australian Ballet Jubilee | Will Davidson | Vogue Australia November 2012 | ‘Heavenly Creatures’

Fashion’s Hippie Love Trend Is Tied to Womanly Cultural Creative Values

50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th

Tabea Koebach | Seiji Fujimori | The Ground #2 | ‘The Throne’

Elephants are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Franca Sozzani: Living Simply and Thinking Big | We Call It Cultural Creative Wisdom

Marloes Horst | Will Davidson | Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012 | ‘Wanderlust’

Bro. Dennis on Ultra-Orthodox, Fundamentalist, Extreme Moralists as ‘Evil Incarnate’| 2Ps in a Pod

Goddess Editorials

& Essays

Eye 2-2-15 | Mami Wata Resurgence As Global Goddess | 55,000 Years-Old Female Skull Provides Critical Link In Human Evolution & Migration Out of Africa

Maliouk In ‘Neo Folk’ By Signe Vilstrup For Glamour Italia October 2014

Woman | Charlotte Kay By Damian Foxe In Tribal Fashion’ For How To Spend It Magazine June 2014

Magdalena Frackowiak By Giampaolo Sgura In ‘Ancient Songs of Paradise’ For Vogue Japan May 2014

Marina Nery In ‘Tomorrow’s Tribe’, Lensed By Sebastian Kim for Vogue Australia April 2014

Kelly Mittendorf In ‘Buffao Belle’ By Robert Bellamy For L’Officiel Paris March 2014

A Brilliant ‘Warrior Stance’ By Steven Klein For W Magazine March 2014

Paul de Luna’s ‘Samsara’ & The Sacred Feminine

Anais Mali Pays Tribute To Warrior Women in ‘Amazon’ By Urivaldo Lopes For French Revue de Modes #25

 

India’s Women Need Goddess Lakshmi To Fight for Women’s Rights

Khristine Dinke | Sergi Pons | BMM Magazine’s Warrior Goddess

Woman | Daria Werbowy | David Sims | ‘The Warrior Way’ | Vogue US March 2010

Woman | Mey Bun, Rila Fukushima & Ai li Wang Go ‘Tribal’ In Herring & Herring Images For D Magazine

Kirsti Pyrhonen Is Sensual Style Queen by Peter Farago for Vogue Brazil December 2012

Aphrodite Joins Yemaya and Mami Wati for a Swim in Human Consciousness

Values

Simone W | Emre Guven | Marie Claire Turkey May 2012

Cultural Creatives Now 35% of US | 10% in Transition

Status vs Money | A Third Look At Happiness, Gender Equality & Taxes

Women Philanthropists Give Differently Than Men

It’s a Bull Market for Women Philanthropists Supporting Women’s Causes in Every corner of the Globe

PPR Paris Goes to Sustainability Index P&L & Eco-Friendly Brands

Wealth & Poverty

National Geographic ‘7 Billion’ 7-Video Look at World’s People

JR’s TED Prize Video | JR Launches InsideOut Project

Photographers JR & Jonas Bendiksen Find Artistry in Everyday Kibera, Kenya

‘The Places We Live’: Four Monumental Slums Typify ‘Home’ for More than One Billion People

Shakira & Howard Buffett | Attached at the Hip Philanthropy Bedfellows

Slow Boat to Economic Heaven | Grim Reality Polaroid Days

What Would Dan Eldon Say About Somalia 2008?

Smart Sensuality Angelina Jolie: Virtue Considered in Carversville’s Country Air

Shakira, a Smart Sensuality Activist, Takes Me Back to Colombia, Where My Life Journey Really Began

Angelina Jolie & Alicia Keys Help Me Say ‘Flip It: I’m A Lipstick-Wearing Activist’

Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

Fashion Only

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Ad Campaigns/Lookbooks

Eye | News Worth Reading

Eye 6-3-15 | John & Elora Hardy Reinvent Sustainable Bamboo Design in Bali

Eye 5-28-15 | ‘McQueen’ Play Opens In London To Mixed Reviews As Sister Janet Reveals Alexander McQueen’s Sexual Abuse With Her Then Husband

Eye 5-16-15 | Livia Firth Promotes The Trus Cost Fashion Industry Documentary

Eye Woman 5-14-15 | Helena Christensen & Camilla Staerk | Cate Blanchett | Linda Evangelista

Eye 5-2-15 | The Clooneys | Amal Clooney Defends Ex Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed | 10 Luxury Maldives Resorts | George Clooney Stylist
Eye 4-27-15 | Gisele Bundchen Nude For Vogue Brazil May 2015 | Gisele As Earth Goddess & UN Ambassador for Environment

Eye 4-26-15 | Luxury At V&A | London Craft Week | Lagerfeld in Bonn with Wanda Barcelona

Eye 4-23-15 | Tom Ford On Gucci, Feminism, Nudity & Friend Julianne Moore
Eye 4-19-15 | Tiffany’s New Look | NYC Whitney Museum Opens May 1 | Meryl Streep Funds Lab For Women Screenwriters

Eye 3-20-2015 | Vogue Explains Meerkat | East Austin, Texas Under the Lens | Rick Perry Called By God To Serve

Eye 3-15-15 | Blake Little Honey People | Vertical Farming In Newark, NJ | Honey Harvest Revolution

Eye 3-12-15 Industry City in Brooklyn | London Top City For Super-Rich | Bottega Veneta Opens Home Palazzo

Eye 3-8-15 | President Obama Selma Address Full Text | Stephen Somerstein ‘Freedom Journey 1965’ Images | Stefan Sharff’s Documentary Of 3rd Selma March

Eye 2-21-15 | A Digital Tizzy Erupts Over Emma Watson & Prince Harry Rumors | Karlie Kloss Hangs Up Her Victoria’s Secret Wings

Eye 2-15-15 | Happy Chinese New Year | Monsanto’s Travails | Gods and Kings: Mcqueen & Galliano

Eye 2-10-15 Queen Rania Pleads For Arab Action Against ISIS | Angelina Jolie Opens London Center For Women, Peace & Security

Eye 2-3-15 | VF Crowns Brady-Bundchen America’s Third Fanily | Beyonce Unites With Marco Gorges In Healthy Nutrition Home Delivery

Eye 2-2-15 | Mami Wata Resurgence As Global Goddess | 55,000 Years-Old Female Skull Provides Critical Link In Human Evolution & Migration Out of Africa

Eye 1-19-15 | Feminine Delights From Emily Baker | DKNY, Eve Ensler & Lebanon

Eye-1-18-15 | Lifetime’s Whitney Houston Biopic | Hollywood & Gaza | Cindy Crawford On Why Supermodels Happened

Eye 1-12-15 | John Galliano Returns At Teatime London | Hollywood Stands for Charlie | Adidas Originals Campaign

Eye 1-7-15 | Ginta Lapina Is Lost In LA In Her Burberry Trench Coat | Burberry Celebrates Bees That Need Saving

Eye | Spring 2015 Designer Brands | Donna Karan’s Ode To Smart Sensuality Women

Eye 1-4-15 | Rosie Huntington Whiteley For M&S | Lensed By Kai Z Feng | Helping UNICEF In Cambodia

Eye 1-2-15 | Spring 2015 Designer Brands | Prada — the Feminist Who Became A Fashion Designer

Eye 12-30-14 | Spring 2015 | Designer Brands | Ralph Lauren

Eye 12-21-14 | Global Futures & Nature-Inspired Design | Global Food Supply | US & Climate Change

Eye 12-9-14 | Kate Middleton Art Muse | Taylor Swift 1989 | Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Eye 12-6-14 | Natural Artistry From Nunzio Paci & Edouard Martinet | Man As Tree

Eye 12-3-14 | A Traveling Education } Meditation Rebuilds Brain Structure | Trends In Remarriage

Eye 11-23-14 Elisabeth Daynes Early Human Sculptures | Annie Leibovitz ‘Pilgrimage’ | Anne Says More Kimye Coming

Eye 11-13-14 | Prince Ea ‘Anti Social Network | VIDA Sustainable E-commerce Site | Barney’s Holiday Windows

Eye 11-9-14 | Neonics & Honeybees | Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing | Whole Foods For Honeybees

Eye 11-5-14 | Toni Garrn Closed Denim For Burkina Faso | Cindy Crawford’s 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge

Eye 10-25-14 | Berlin Light Show Will Commemorate The End Of Berlin Wall | South African Textiles That Bear Witness

Eye 10-19-14 Gisele Bundchen Chanel No. 5 Commercial | Kurdish Women Fighters  Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Under Intense Pressure

Eye 10-14-14 Zaha Hadid’s Catharsis For Cambodia | WikiLeaks Gets Fashionable | London’s Hackney Fashion Lab

Eye 10-11-14 October 11 Is International Day of the Girl | Honoring Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize & Angelina Jolie As A British Dame

Eye 10-8-14 | H&M Jumpsuit: When Style & War Collide | Amazon Women | Burqa Bans

Eye 10-5-14 | American Parenting as Religion | Elisabeth Holmes Billionaire | Kurdish Women Fighters Update

Eye 10-1-14 | Fondation Louis Vuitton | Vogue Meets Gesquiere | Stella McCartney Redo 

Eye 9-28-14 | Victoria Beckham Has Passion For UN Ambassador Role | Women & Heart Disease | Apologies to UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri

 

 

Tuesday
Mar222011

PPR Paris Goes to Sustainability Index P&L & Eco-Friendly Brands

French retail and luxury conglomerate PPR — parent of Gucci brand — has unveiled a new sustainability initiative designed to require the company’s brands to not only do less harm, but to generate social and environmental benefits in the long run.

WWD reports that the ‘PPR Home’ plan will be endowed with an initial budget of 10 million euros (about $14.2 million currently), with its evolution indexed to the firm’s dividends.

PPR Home is our group’s contribution to a better world, by developing innovative and sustainable initiatives for our different economic models that rely on our creativity and our imagination in order to influence our lifestyles and inspire others to follow us in the long term,” PPR chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault said at the press conference in Paris.

This news is so important that we publish the inaugural measures as outlined in WWD:

• The launch of the Creative Sustainability Lab, a partnership with Cradle to Cradle that will focus on developing products and retail pilots that integrate and apply objectives such as environmental and social concerns for PPR’s luxury labels — including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga — and sporting goods firm Puma.

• The complete offset of the carbon dioxide emissions generated in 2010 by PPR’s luxury group, Puma and PPR’s headquarters, evaluated at 98,729 tons, through the purchase of carbon credits from San Francisco-based company Wildlife Works’ Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) offsetting project in Kenya. By comparison, PPR estimated its total CO2 emissions across all divisions in 2009 at 452,492 tons.

• Puma’s upcoming publication of what it claims is the world’s first environmental profit and loss (EP&L) account statement, as a first step toward measuring the full environmental impact of the activities of Puma and its suppliers.

PPR sold its French Printemps store in 2006 and is now focused on Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen (50%) and Stella McCartney (50%), as well as other brands and mail order companies.

The European companies are light years ahead of American retailers, based on our reading of their corporate websites, when we last wrote about Gucci’s philanthropic initiatives in Africa and America.

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Sunday
Mar202011

First Day of Spring I Tulip Love I Netherlands 2011

By Lisa Catherine Brown

Ah, spring! Can we exclaim this enough in the northern hemisphere today? The days get longer and warmer. The rains come and the earth greens. Color and scent that have been dormant burst forth. The birds return and those brave enough to have weathered winter with us are preening in color as well. Ah, spring!

The landscape is beckoning – blackberry thickets are deepening to purple greens, tiny buds can be seen on the early blooming dogwood and forsythia - evidence of much anticipated spring – but most promising are the crocus, hyacinth, iris and tulip leaves I discover. Pushing their way up toward the warming sun, those knife-like sprouts give assurance of a new season to even the greyest of days.

10 Billion Tulip Bulbs Say Rejoice!

Nowhere in the world do the promises of spring bring more excitement, wealth and fascinating history as the northern Netherlands where more than 3 billion tulips decorate the landscape for a mere couple of weeks. These tulips are harvested and two-thirds exported, mostly to the US and Germany. An estimated 10 billion bulbs are produced each year with 75% of the Dutch bulbs being exported.

 

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Sunday
Mar202011

Woman | Charmie Pfeffer | Tino Oac | 'Free Spirit'

Charmie Pfeffer channels her inner warrior woman goddess, lensed by German photographer Tino Oac, styled by Jennifer Mertens and makeup by Pia Valeska.

 

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Saturday
Mar192011

Georgia O'Keeffe's Sustainable, Slow Living New Mexico Lifestyle

Georgia O’Keeffe 1918By Lisa Catherine Brown

I first became tuned in to Georgia O’Keeffe when I bought A Painter’s Kitchen in 1991. It was the first time I read a cookbook for the narrative, rather than for recipes.

Of course, I had known of Georgia O’Keeffe and her art and the critiques that her abstract realism flower paintings were nothing more than scandalous up close and personal versions of female vulvas, but that knowing was the extent of my experience of the late great artist at the time of the early 90’s.

Black IrisBaking casseroles and zucchini bread for my household of six, I really had no time or inclination to invest myself debating the sexual abstractions of Georgia O’Keefe, no matter how much I admired her work. I only knew that any artist, who would find herself inspired by long-dead, bleached bones found in bleak desert scrub and then give them respect with justice through the time and gift of her talent, was okay in my book.

The fact the she created (intentionally or not!) sensuality and sexuality within her images also affirmed my belief that untamed feminine qualities are an intrinsic part of all life created within Mother Earth and Father Sky. Both entities deserve recognition, respect and are worthy of most devout reverence.

1936 Oil on Canvas

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Friday
Mar182011

'Let's Move' Planting Season Arrives At White House Garden

Image Jonathan Ernst /ReutersAmerica’s First Lady Michelle Obama was decked out in green yesterday, joined by Fionnuala Kenny, wife of Irish Prime Minister Enda O’Kelly, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House yesterday.

Earlier in the day our First Lady — who is about to become an author —  planted the White House garden on the South Law, working with students from local DC schools. 

Committed to getting America on the track to healthy eating and reduced obesity, Michelle Obama book about the White House garden and healthy eating will be published by Crown, with all proceeds going to charity.

The First Lady shows us how to get down with the kids and call out her vegetables. Oh no! President Obama doesn’t like beets, but Michelle says no problem “we’re an equal opportunity garden.”

Ahem. Do not give up beets, dear readers. They are superb for circulation, improved sexual wellness and a host of other health benefits, including blood flow in the brain. Anne

Spring Planting Season | White House Garden

Wednesday
Mar162011

Business Leaders Say 'No' To BULB Act Repealing Light Bulb Energy-Saving Law 

GreenTracker| Americans are hoarding incendescent light bulbs as new Federal legislation kicks in beginning in 2012, designed to reduce energy consumption — whether Americans want it or not. Republicans are focused on repealing the order, sponsoring the BULB (Better Use of Light Bulbs) act.

Sen Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky argues that Americans cannot be mandated to do any energy savings and that improved energy standards on appliances have sent jobs overseas.

Appliance and lighting industry representatives and efficiency experts, however, testified that tougher energy-efficiency standards had prompted an industrywide retooling. That retooling, they said, created many thousands of new jobs in the US and increased consumer choice of light bulbs.

“We are proud that our industry is one of the very few US industries that enjoys an over $2 billion positive balance of trade,” said Stephen Yurek, president of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, a trade association. “We build equipment here in North America and export it to nations around the world.” The manufacturing side of the industry, he said, accounts for 250,000 American jobs, plus 1 million more maintainance, distribution, and installation jobs. via Christian Science Monitor

The National Electric Manufacturers Association doesn’t want BULB passed. They’ve upgraded factories and say that it’s not true that the new legislation bans incandescent light bulbs. Consumers will still be able to purchase an incandescent light bulb, one that is 28 percent more efficient.

As for jobs lost to the new federal regulations,

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Sunday
Mar132011

Poll | Tea Party Supporters Express Strong View on African Americans

Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in WonderlandHopeTracker| Americans have lots of opinions about the Tea Party members and their supporters, but little hard empirical data drawn from scientific research. We’re reviewing what is known about the Tea Party members, based on surveys done in the last year.

University of Washington professor Christopher Parker conducted a March 2010 survey and concluded: “People who approve of the Tea Party, more than those who don’t approve, have more racist attitudes.”

The survey was conducted among 1,000 residents in six battleground states Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio, as well as California, known for its diversity.

For instance, respondents were asked whether they agreed with various characterizations of different racial groups. Only 35 percent of those who strongly approve of the tea party agreed that blacks are hardworking, compared with 55 percent of those who strongly disapprove of the tea party. On whether blacks were intelligent, 45 percent of the tea-party supporters agreed, compared with 59 percent of the tea-party opponents. And on the issue of whether blacks were trustworthy, 41 percent of the tea-party supporters agreed, compared with 57 percent of the tea-party opponents.

Note: the survey includes very direct questions about President Obama, which we will highlight in a separate post, along with general comments about how we interpret the race-related data in the University of Washington study.

The Washington survey explored attitudes versus more general demographics in a March 2010 Gallup survey, in which the Tea Party members were closely aligned with the US population, except for skewing slightly male 55/45.

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